November 2010

Change Your Mind

It’s amazing how you change throughout life, isn’t it? I remember when I was 12 and my husband was 13, we talked about having six children. Six! We even had names picked out. It wasn’t long after that when I became a rabid environmentalist and feminist, and decided that the world didn’t need more children in it, but for us to take care of the ones already here. Of course, once I got pregnant myself at 22, I was instantly in love with my own baby, and my mind changed again. (I still think we should strive to care for the kids who are here before we make our own if and when we can—and may become a foster parent in the future.)

Slow Down! Why Rush the Holidays?

Did Thanksgiving even happen? For some reason, I didn’t see it coming; the same day the jack o’ lanterns and bats were taken down from shop windows and neighborhood houses, snowmen and light-covered trees were put in their place. What gives? If you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving because you’re protesting the portrayal of the country’s indigenous peoples through the country’s oldest and most foul fable, well, congratulations; that, my friend, is fine by me. (My family doesn’t make it a day about a pilgrim and “Indian” hand-holding myth, but about gratitude and remembrance instead.) Still, even if you’re skipping from “This is Halloween” to “Making Christmas,” don’t you think you could wait at least, oh, a month?

Make a Birthday Bucket List

I’ve been making a list of things to do each year I age for the last few years. I use whatever age I am to determine how many items the list will hold. This year I turned 28, so I was going to make a similar list—but then I saw that in my Goddess Year Journal that there was a list to hold 100 items, so I thought, why not? (The journal was for 2010, but since I didn’t purchase mine until the summer, I decided to just make it “Year 28” and make it last from November to November instead.) But instead of making it full of huge plans, I used Goddess Leonie’s advice and added just as many big items as there are little ones.

Magazines: An Affordable Indulgence

If you're like most people, you don't subscribe to any magazines.  Heck, you probably barely read magazines anymore, except when you're stuck in a waiting room.  And those are hardly a pleasure to read - months out of date, grubby and tattered from so many previous readings, with random bits ripped out for no apparent reason.

The publishing industry is crumbling on every front.  The magazine publishing industry has been hit hard by the internet.  A lot of people figure they will get their "read a little of this and a little of that" time for free online. 

Nevertheless, there is a physical pleasure in curling up with a brand new magazine.  Most magazines arrive packaged inside a plastic bag these days, to keep them pristine.  You tear open the bag and a bunch of little things flutter out, and that "fresh magazine" smell wafts up.

NaNoJouMo: National Nonstop Journaling Month

Many people are aware of National Novel Writing Month, but November also marks the new tradition of National Nonstop Journaling Month. It’s a much more accessible option for writers who are too daunted by producing an entire novel, but would still like to commit to coming to the page every day for an entire month.

Like Erika notes in the first link above, committing to writing an entire novel for a month is an exciting, wonderful goal—and if you want to do it, then go for it! It’s a great way to stretch your wings and your comfort zone, get into the habit of writing daily, and accomplish your writing goals. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with other writers. Remember, it doesn’t have to be good writing!